Rebeka Bergin

Hearty Turkey Chilli Recipe

Today is another wet and miserable day in London (surprise, surprise), so what could be better for dinner than a warm, comforting bowl of chilli?

Chilli con carne has been one of my all time favourite meals ever since I was a kid. In fact it's probably number 2 on my list after my mum's curry (I feel another recipe post coming on!). If I'm looking for comfort food a bowl of chilli never fails to put a smile on my face.

In the tradition of keeping things as healthy as possible, I decided to make this recipe using minced turkey instead of beef and I was not disappointed, neither was my husband and his uncle!

Here is my delicious, hearty turkey chilli recipe.

Delicious, healthy chilli recipe


Serves 4

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, peeled & crushed
  • 1 red or green pepper, deseeded and diced
  • 1 tsp hot chilli powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1tsp ground cumin
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • Pinch of sea salt and ground black pepper
  • 500g minced turkey
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 400g tin chickpeas
  • 300 ml chicken or vegetable stock


  • Heat olive oil in a large non stick sauce pan over a medium heat.
  • Add the turkey, onion and pepper and cook for 5 minutes, stirring and breaking up all the lumps of turkey with a wooden spoon.
  • Add the garlic, cumin, paprika and chilli powder and fry for around 2 minutes.
  • Tip tomatoes and stock into the pan and add the bay leaf, oregano and a pinch of sea salt and black pepper.
  • Drain and add the chickpeas, stirring them into the sauce. Of course you can use kidney beans as with most recipes but I really love to use chickpeas in my chilli!
  • Bring to the boil then reduce to a low heat, cover loosely with the lid and simmer for 45 minutes or until the sauce reduces slightly and thickens.
  • Serve with brown basmati rice, whole wheat wraps or simply on it's own with a dollop of sour cream.
  • Enjoy!

Next time you're looking for a healthy, comforting meal on a wet and windy day- basically every day in the UK, give this turkey chilli recipe a try. I hope you love it as much as I do. Let me know how yours turned out in the comments below!

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